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FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Buzzworthy: Art Workshops with Michelle Torrez at Caneel Bay, St. John, Virgin Islands

August 1, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Caneel Bay Escape to the Caribbean this October for some sun and artistic inspiration, where art workshops with renowned artist Michelle Torrez will be held at Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort. You couldn't ask for a finer destination, as St. John's beauty has been luring artists for decades. Set on 170 pristine acres in Virgin Islands National Park, Caneel Bay has been a sought-after getaway for loyal clientele since its founding 50 years ago by Laurance Rockefeller. And with its perfect beaches and lavish facilities (spa, tennis, four distinct restaurants), it's easy to see why. The art workshops with Torrez are the latest of several recent travel packages featuring notable personalities at Caneel Bay, like last January's Hot Type: Visiting Author Series with New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik, and May's wine tasting with Margaret Duckhorn, Co-founder of Duckhorn Wine Company in Napa Valley.

The three-day art workshops will take place at the Turtle Bay Estate House, an 18th century plantation house perched on a cliff high above the sea. Michelle Torrez is a talented painter whose highly collectable works have been featured in numerous publications; she has gained quite a following both in the U.S. and worldwide. At Caneel Bay, Torrez will focus on the human form, making extensive use of a female model over three days of instruction while inspiring students to take a fresh approach to expressing themselves. Torrez will work closely, personally and rigorously with serious artists and earnest aspirants. The four-night/three-day getaways are available at Caneel Bay October 15- 19 or 20- 24, 2007, and include accommodations in an Ocean View Room, a welcome reception, working breakfast, lunch and breaks daily, all the art materials sufficient for the workshop, as well as three full days of personal instruction from Michelle Torrez in the intimate setting of the Turtle Bay Estate House. Priced at $2,800 per person including all taxes.


Family Fun Discount at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, South Carolina

July 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Get a $200 resort activity credit and complimentary breakfast for two when you book three nights or more at The Sanctuary, the beautiful seaside mansion within Kiawah Resort. Awarded five diamonds by AAA, the exquisite luxury hotel is located just thirty minutes from downtown Charleston, and embodies all of the grandeur and warm hospitality of the American South. Kids adore the range of activities on offer at Kiawah (unspoiled beaches, tennis, bike riding), while their parents enjoy luxurious spa indulgence and championship golf outings. The Family Fun Offer also applies to villa stays; book two or more nights in a villa and receive 20 percent off the nightly rate. Offer available from August 12- September 30, 2007.


Ivy Hotel: Sexy San Diego

July 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eden Bar at Ivy Hotel, San Diego There's been a lot of buzz about the opening of San Diego's hottest new hotel, the "posh adult playground" that is the Ivy Hotel. It's not just the rooms that are extravagant, the hotel has transformed San Diego's nightlife scene with Club Envy and the sultry rooftop lounge, Eden Bar. Guests at Ivy receive exclusive VIP passes to Envy:

a multilevel club with a gravitational pull that's hard to resist. Envy will swallow you up in its hidden corners, where beds become tables and tables become dance floors. Anticipate, expose, and play out fantasies.

...While Eden (pictured) is the largest rooftop space in San Diego, complete with pool and sundeck, where visitors soak up breathtaking views and myriad tropical cocktails. Head to The Quarter Kitchen, the hotel's acclaimed fine dining restaurant, for sensual and unique combos of simple food (caviar tacos, lobster pot pie...), cooked to perfection. Celebrity chef Damon Gordon has been an executive chef at some of the world's most exclusive hotels, including The Royalton Hotel in New York, The Delano in Miami, and St. Martins Lane Hotel in London.

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The Rebirth of Malibu Beach Inn, the Only Luxury Hotel Between Santa Monica and Santa Barbara

July 27, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Malibu Beach Inn And we thought we were excited when Bacara first opened in Santa Barbara. For the ultimate luxury digs in So Cal, head to the newly renovated Malibu Beach Inn, situated on "Billionaire's Beach," where some of America's richest make their homes on Malibu's oceanfront bluffs. The multi-million dollar makeover means facilities that are downright decadent; the 47 elegantly appointed guest rooms boast breathtaking ocean views from private balconies, natural tile showers, contemporary furnishings made from exotic wenge wood, Dean and Deluca Refreshment Centers and Private Bars, and state-of-the-art technology. An added touch: the in-room wine rack with eight hand-selected Cali wines. The hotel's landscaping, architecture, and interior design reflect the natural beauty of Malibu's coastline, and a unique collection of artwork graces the hotel's walls. Come Fall 2007 (the official re-opening date), well-heeled guests can expect unsurpassed luxury at the area's only destination hotel.

P.S. The signature beach club promises to make a splash.


Next Stop: Hotel Le Vendome, Cape Town, South Africa

July 26, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Le Vendome A little piece of Paris with a South African setting that is second to none, Hôtel Le Vendôme is a boutique hotel brimming with Old World charm. Located in the cosmopolitan suburb of Sea Point overlooking the Atlantic coast, just a quick drive from the center of Cape Town, Le Vendôme offers the ideal base to explore the acclaimed winelands and Cape Peninsula. Pass through the rooms of the hotel, and step through symbols of Parisian opulence: the Salon Le Concorde, Rive Gauche (the gastronomique restaurant where plates are complemented with superb international and local wines), Le Cygne (for a lighter meal by the pool), Le Louvre (a magnificent suite on the executive floor), Le Petit Palais (the hotel's best suite)... Each of the 143 rooms are sumptuous and chic, individually designed with French panache. Relax by the sparkling pool, or treat yourself royally in Le Salon Chantilly, the perfect milieu for High Tea, an aperitif, or a cognac and cigar.


Sunny Days and Newport Nights at Balboa Bay Club and Resort

July 24, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Balboa Bay Club and Resort This summer, escape to the OC for some sun and surf. Experience Bay Bliss at the award-winning Balboa Bay Club and Resort, the only waterfront luxury resort in Newport Beach. Starting from just $305 per night, your personalized package includes luxurious accommodations and your choice of amenities: lunch for two at The First Cabin, manicure or pedicure in Loran Loran salon, 25 minute massage or facial, or one hour duffy boat rental. For some serious family fun, book the Disney Package and get two Disneyland tickets, rental car for the day, and box lunch in addition to two nights accommodations. In the evening (seven days a week!), enjoy live music on the waterfront at Duke's Place. And on Sundays, guests can indulge in BBQ Sunday nights on Duke's patio. Refreshing summer cocktails accompany all your favorites like delectable baby back ribs, carved-mesquite grilled beef tri tips, and fresh grilled free-range chicken. Don't miss the new Sunday European Breakfast Buffet, with a mouth-watering selection of special entrees like Eggs Benedict with Sauce Choron, Roasted Boneless Pork Loin, Prosciutto and Rare Roast Beef as well as hot and cold plate items and beverages.


What a Hotel! Private Tropical Paradise

July 20, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Here's a challenge to test your luxury travel savvy. Do you know this hotel? Take a guess, leave us a comment letting us know which hotel you think this photo belongs to, and check back next week for the answer and new image.

What a Hotel!

Helpful Hints: Private Tropical Paradise, House Style, Island Time ...

There were 3 guesses (1 correct from bordan) for Last Week's Hotel Contest:
What a Hotel!

The Hotel De Orangerie, Bruges, Belgium


Celebrate the Grand Opening of Movenpick Resort Bodrum, Turkey

July 18, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Movenpick Bodrum Turkey's most popular seaside destination, white-washed, bougainvillea-drenched Bodrum, just got a luxury addition. The exclusive five-star Movenpick Resort Bodrum opened its doors at the beginning of July. From its vantage point on a hilltop overlooking Gumbet Bay and the Aegean Sea, the Movenpick offers breathtaking vistas over the harbor. Known for its happening nightlife and its historic sites (including St. Peter's Castle and the Mausoleum), Bodrum is also a yachtsman's dream, a jumping off point to discover the myriad small islands along Turkey's incredible Aegean coastline. In fact, the Movenpick has a sailing yacht which can be chartered by up to 18 people. The resort's 92 rooms are decorated in a Mediterranean style with light wood colors and Spanish shutters. Guests can take in the spectacular sunsets from the private balcony or terrace. Facilities include two outdoor swimming pools, one indoor pool, restaurant and bar, Fitness Center, and a Wellness Center, where guests can relax in the Turkish hammam and sauna. Take advantage of a limited time special offer for the hotel's grand opening: rates start from just EUR 122 until September 1, 2007. Three night minimum required.


Make Way for The Setai, San Diego

July 18, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Setai San Diego The Setai, South Beach trendiness incarnate, is moving beyond the confines of Miami-Dade county. The famed hotel will be opening another branch in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, arguably the country's hottest real estate market. (We're waiting with bated breath for the Setai brand to jump into other metropolises.) Formerly called The Diegan, the new five-star condominium hotel is billed as a mecca for world-class dining and entertainment, where a "handful of ultra-luxury penthouse residences" will have the city swooning. Both the House of Blues and the newest Sky Bar will be located here. According to the New York Times, more than half of the units, priced from $500,000 to $3.8 million, have been sold. Expected to be completed by the end of the year, these residences will have Italian furniture, flat-screen TVs, and wifi access. Also in store: a fourth floor pool deck with cabanas, spa, fitness center, screening room, and recording studio.

Photo Via NYT

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Tides South Beach Opens La Marea Restaurant, Miami

July 17, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Marea at Tides South Beach A refreshing addition to the South Beach dining scene, La Marea offers innovative Mediterranean cuisine overlooking the ocean. The recently redesigned Tides South Beach, the flagship property of Kor's new Tides brand, just launched this spectacular new restaurant, overseen by Executive Chef Pietro Rota, former Il Sole standout and a new culinary star to South Florida. Dishes are created with seasonal ingredients and accented with Northern Italian flavors and flare; menu samples include Littleneck Clams with Chorizo, Basil, Chilies and Garlic; Duck Confit on Warm Lentil Salad with Foie Gras Essence; and vast selections of fresh fish. The interior was designed by Kelly Wearstler, accented with theatrical hooded armchairs, antique brass touches and wall décor of faux tortoise shells. Dine al fresco on the terrace overlooking Ocean Drive and the beach, immersing yourself in the sexy energy of South Beach. This place is poised to become one of South Florida's premier dining destinations. The summer's 2007 Miami Spice Restaurant Month is the perfect chance to experience La Marea. From August 1 through September 30, prix fix three-course lunches are only $22 and three-course dinners are $35, Monday through Thursday.